U.S. Navy Memorial to Dedicate Lone Sailor Statue in Guam

December 14, 2018 – he Lone Sailor statue in the Territory of Guam will be dedicated at the Ricardo J. Bordallo Governor’s Complex in a ceremony on Saturday, Dec.15. Guam, a strategically vital part of U.S. efforts to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific, has long been home and a port-of-call to many Sailors and Marines. The effort to put a Lone Sailor statue in Guam is the initiative of the Vietnamese-American community to demonstrate the special relationship between the United States Navy, Guam and the thousands of Vietnamese refugees…

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GAO: Rebuilding Ship, Submarine, and Aviation Readiness Will Require Time and Sustained Management Attention

Since 2015, we have made 45 recommendations to help the Navy and Marine Corps ensure they have the personnel and equipment they need to be ready for their operations. We discussed the two services’ readiness challenges in this testimony, including: Personnel shortfalls and gaps in experience leading to high sailor workloads Maintenance delays that prevent ships and submarines from operating Unavailable aircraft in both the Navy and the Marine Corps While the services have taken initial steps to rebuild military readiness, fully addressing these challenges while balancing high demands will require years of…

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U.S. Navy to Deploy Venture Research MultiTrak™ RFID/GPS/IoT Reader

December 11, 2018 – Venture Research, Inc., a leading global supplier of RFID and IoT solutions, has received a contract through the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) to supply mobile passive radio frequency identification (pRFID) systems for the U.S. Navy to use at four geographically diverse sites. The goal of this initiative is to evaluate the performance of an asset tracking solution combining the MultiTrak mobile pRFID reader with its integrated geo-positioning capability with a customizable application programming interface (API), enabling the U.S. military to reliably capture asset tracking information on…

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USS Green Bay, USCG Team Up for Transport

December 7, 2018 – USS Green Bay (LPD 20) embarked United States Coast Guard transportable port security boats (TPSBs) assigned to Port Security Unit (PSU) 305, Nov. 27. PSU 305’s mission is to provide port security in support of military and humanitarian operations worldwide. The unit was recently in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, along with Green Bay providing maritime security in support of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference. “The U.S. Coast Guard supporting the APEC in Papua New Guinea was a very challenging, but rewarding experience,” said Chief Machinery…

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Navy Conducts Unprecedented Flyover for President George H.W. Bush

December 6, 2018 – The act of conducting a ceremonial flyover is nothing new for naval aviators, but the flyover that occurred Dec. 6 is one that has never occurred before in our Navy’s history. At approximately 4:15 p.m. (CST), aviators from various squadrons assigned to Commander, Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic (CSFWL) and Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (CNAL) flew an unprecedented 21 jet flyover at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library to honor the former naval aviator and president at his interment in College Station, Texas. Following six days…

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Iwo Jima Returns to Mayport

December 6, 2018 – USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), flagship of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), returned to her homeport of Mayport, Florida, Dec. 4, after operating for nine weeks in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Iwo Jima went underway following a six-month deployment to participate in Trident Juncture 2018, a NATO-led exercise designed to certify NATO response forces and develop interoperability among participating NATO allied and partner nations. “This was an outstanding experience for the Navy and Marine Corps team on board,” said Capt. Joseph O’Brien, Iwo Jima’s…

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Central Gulf Lines Moves Two Armored Brigades Across the Pacific

December 3, 2018 – Central Gulf Lines, Inc. (CGL), a subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings Inc., announced today that MV GREEN COVE recently completed a round trip voyage to Busan, South Korea under a time charter to the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command. CGL supported the movement of military equipment for U.S. Army brigades. The GREEN COVE transported well in excess of 20,000 metric tons of military cargo, including more than 150 M1 Abrams tanks, and nearly 300 Bradley Fighting Vehicles utilizing the vessel’s full lift capacity. The high-profile loading and…

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CACI to Showcase Solutions at CDCA Defense Summit That Advance U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Modernization

November 27, 2018 – CACI International Inc announced today that it will showcase solutions to support the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Joint Community at the Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA) Defense Summit on December 5-6, 2018 in Charleston, SC. The annual conference brings together government and industry experts for collaborative discussions on defense technologies focused on C5ISR, information warfare, and cyber security. At the conference, CACI will showcase a suite of innovative electronic warfare capabilities that enhance warfighter effectiveness and survivability in today’s multi-domain battle. The company will also…

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Trilateral mine warfare exercise puts RAN Minehunters to the test

November 22, 2018 – At the largest gathering of mine warfare dedicated vessels seen in Japanese waters, HMA Ships Gascoyne and Huon have joined with 22 ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the United States Navy (USN) to participate in the first joint mine warfare exercise in the region, Exercise HYUGA NADA 18. Over the next week the combined units will focus on conducting joint training in mine hunting, underwater explosive ordnance disposal, underwater mine disposal vehicle operations and joint interoperability activities. For Gascoyne’s Operations Officer, Lieutenant…

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Navy Accepts Delivery of USNS Burlington

November 15, 2018 – The Navy accepted delivery of its tenth Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF 10) from Austal USA, Nov. 15. EPF’s are non-combatant vessels designed to operate in shallow-draft ports and waterways, increasing operational flexibility for a wide range of activities including maneuver and sustainment, relief operations, flexible logistics support, or as the key enabler for rapid transport. “Burlington will provide tremendous flexibility to combatant commanders in the fleet,” said Capt. Scot Searles, Strategic and Theater Sealift program manager, Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. “EPF 10 will enhance our…

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MPSRON 3 Delivers Aid to Northern Mariana Island

November 9, 2018 – Ships assigned to Maritime Prepositioning Ships Squadron Three (MPSRON 3) are providing continous support in recovery efforts at Saipan and Tinian islands, after Super Typhoon Yutu made landfall and left destruction in those areas, which are part of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. “My squadron and I are honored to contribute to joint Task Force-West,” said U.S. Navy Capt. Eric Lindfors, commodore, MPSRON 3 and Task Force-West (TF-W) Forward deputy commander. “The level of devastation from Super Typhoon Yutu is hard to describe, even…

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U.S. Navy Awards SAIC $597 Million Contract

November 8, 2018 – The U.S. Navy awarded Science Applications International Corp. an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract for the production and delivery of integrated Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems, networks, and support equipment in support of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic. The single-award contract has a five-year period of performance worth approximately $597 million. “For this contract, SAIC enables shared resources across the command, resulting in cost savings; as we provide complex electronic systems to the Navy.” The contract has an…

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Sparton and Leidos Team on Acoustic Device Countermeasure MK5

November 6, 2018 – Sparton Corporation announces it has teamed with Leidos Maritime Systems to support the Acoustic Device Countermeasure (ADC) MK5 program. The MK5 is a Next Generation Countermeasure (NGCM) intended to replace the ADC MK3. The ADC MK 5 is a three-inch diameter expendable device that is submarine launched from internal signal ejectors and is part of a submarine’s defense against acoustic-homing torpedoes. “Sparton is excited to leverage our knowledge of maritime acoustic communication systems, packaging, and deployment systems for this new opportunity” On 13 September, 2018, the…

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Navy, NASA Complete Underway Recovery Test 7

November 6, 2018 – USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) successfully completed test recovery operations of NASA’s mock Orion capsule, Nov. 5. The Underway Recovery Test-7 (URT-7) is part of a U.S. government interagency effort to safely retrieve the Orion crew module, which is capable of carrying humans into deep space. This marks the first completion of a URT aboard John P. Murtha. NASA engineers worked alongside Sailors from the John P. Murtha, Special Boat Team 12, and Navy divers from Mobile Diving Salvage Unit 11 and Explosive Ordnance Disposal…

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Sikorsky Wins $717 Million Award to Sustain USN & USMC Super Stallion And Sea Dragon Aircraft

November 5, 2018 – Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, was awarded a performance-based logistics contract with a value of $717 million. The contract will provide supply and logistics support to the entire fleet of in-service CH-53E Super Stallions and MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopters. The H-53E is a battle proven heavy-lift helicopter continuing to support the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy in missions at home and around the world. The scope of the performance-based logistics contract includes repairs, overhauls, spares, obsolescence mitigation and asset management services over four years. Contract performance…

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